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Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta has crazy tender seasoned fresh pork with peppers and creamy pasta. All of the flavors you love about carnitas packed into a delicious meal! 

Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta in a skillet.

Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta

This meal became a family favorite and I am so excited to share it with you today! We love fresh pork at our house and there is nothing better than crazy tender, melt in your mouth carnitas. I am thrilled to be working with Smithfield this year, and showing you some new recipes with their high quality products.

Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is my go-to for a delicious, hassle-free dinner. You simply slow cook, grill, roast or saute the pork and its the perfect weeknight meal. In this recipe, I put the Seasoned Carnitas in the slow cooker in the morning and it was ready to go in the pasta by dinner. You can also saute it beforehand because the prep work is already done for you! You are going to fall in love with the flavors of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. It is slow-marinated and perfectly seasoned,   and available in a variety of mouthwatering flavors including; Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper, Roasted Golden Rotisserie, Sweet Teriyaki, or Applewood Smoked Bacon. It is available in a variety of cuts including pork roasts, loin filets, chops, ribs, sirloins, and tenderloins, and can be sliced or cubed for faster cooking.

Smithfield pork in packaging.

I always have a requirement when I cook pasta for my family. It has to be creamy and delicious and coat the pasta perfectly. In our house,  we have to have enough pasta and sauce ratio. I have perfected the creamy sauce recipe and you won’t believe how yummy it is! It has Mexican spices and it is the perfect topping on this pork carnitas and pasta.

Pork Carnitas in a pan.

How do I make creamy pork carnitas pasta?

You start by preparing your fresh pork. I chose to slow cook the Smithfield Seasoned Carnitas, but you can also saute, grill, or roast Marinated Fresh Pork Products. Once your carnitas is finished, you saute the peppers until tender and remove them and set aside on a plate. You then prepare the creamy sauce and let it simmer until it starts to thicken. Add the pasta and carnitas to the pan and toss until heated. This is also great served with your favorite toppings. Tomatoes, chopped avocado, cilantro, all work great.

Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta.

What are good side dishes?

  • Mexican Style Slaw
  • Black Bean Salad
  • Charred Corn Salad
  • Cornbread
  • Black Bean Soup

This meal has all of the flavors that you love about carnitas packed inside this creamy pasta dish. Ready in about 30 minutes, I know that your family is going to love this dish just as much as we did!


Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta in a white bowl.

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Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta

4.80 from 10 votes
Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta has crazy tender seasoned pork with peppers and creamy pasta. All of the flavors you love about carnitas packed into a delicious meal!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


Optional toppings: Chopped cilantro, avocado, diced tomatoes,


    • Prepare seasoned carnitas according to package directions. Set aside. Bring water in a large pot to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.
    • In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat add olive oil. Add peppers and saute until tender. Set aside on a plate.
    • Add heavy cream, sour cream, parmesan cheese, chili powder, cumin, and paprika to the skillet. Whisk and let simmer until it starts to thicken. Add pork and peppers to the sauce and toss until coated and heated through.
    • Serve with optional toppings.


    Calories: 749kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 13gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 182mgPotassium: 381mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3230IUVitamin C: 62.9mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 1.2mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    This post was sponsored by Smithfield. All opinions expressed are my own and I love supporting brands that I use for myself in the kitchen.



    About Alyssa Rivers

    Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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    1. 5 stars
      I just foudn this while searching for recipe to use up heavy cream. My husband had just smoked a pork shoulder the night before so this was an easy choice. We found the sauce to be a little bland so we added about a teaspoon of garlic salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Like another reviewer mentioned, adding a shallot to the sautee would be great. As for toppings, we used the suggested tomatoes and avocadoes, then subbed green onions for cilantro. I doused mine in Tobasco and it was fantastic! Next time, I’ll downsize the pasta to 6oz to make the veg/meat : starch ratio a little higher. Overall this was a great base to work with. Thank you for posting it!

    2. 3 stars
      Cream base is great, but I generally found the recipe to be woefully under seasoned. I doubled the amount of spices and added 2 tsp of seasoned salt and 1 tsp of garlic powder. Next time I think I’ll add a shallot or two when I sautee the peppers.

    3. 5 stars
      This recipe is easily adaptable! I added some chopped mushrooms, asparagus and spinach to the peppers for extra veggies:). Also, only had a little bit of sour cream but I did have some cream cheese so I added that to use up what was in my fridge!! I had made carnitas from scratch a few days before so I used those leftovers. It was a great way to repurpose those carnitas!! Thanks for the great and easy recipe!!!

    4. 5 stars
      This recipe is a keeper for sure! I will be using this recipe again, I added an onion and a bit more paprika and this is super easy, what a great find

    5. 5 stars
      I just made this with some pre-cooked Carnitas that I got at Costco that was a bit dry. I just did shallot and garlic. No bell peppers. The rest of the recipe the same. Garnished with some tomato at the end. This was so very good!!!! Thank you for this recipe!!! Will definitely make this again. Would also be good with chicken!!!!

    6. Since my retirement I’ve made a few of your recipes and not a bum in the lot. [the lemon garlic shrimp and pasta is outrageously good] One item I’m unable to locate on your website is nutrition information. Is there someplace special that I’m missing?

      1. I like to use or skinny for any nutritional information. Hope that helps you find the information you are looking for.

    7. Alyssa, I have not seen the Smithfield Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas i in my area. Could you tell me what I would need to do to turn a pork shoulder into these?

      1. OH bummer! You are welcome to try adding the seasonings onto the pork shoulder that you have in your area.

    8. 5 stars
      You well deserve round of applause for this wonderful pasta recipe. I admire this a lot. The cream layer made this treat to watch for every individual.